ERIC Number: ED408742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Project Relationship: Creating and Sustaining a Nurturing Community [Manual and Video].
Poulsen, Marie Kanne; Cole, Carol K.
This manual and related 41-minute video was produced by a 5-year federally funded project to foster collaboration between special education and child care staff in early childhood programs. The approach is based on a structured, relationship-based, problem solving framework, "Going Around the Circle." The process involves five steps: (1) identifying staff-generated issues for problem solving; (2) gathering information from all concerned; (3) exploring how behavior is communicated through interactions and relationships; (4) identifying possible solutions and barriers; and (5) reviewing and evaluating the chosen plan. The first chapter introduces the themes of creating sustaining communities and relationship-building staff development. Chapter 2 focuses on using the "Going Around the Circle" model to build authentic relationships and improve staff communication. The next chapter applies the model to interactions with young children and the enhancement of classroom success. The last chapter considers the importance of supportive routines and rituals for children, staff, and families. An appendix describes application of the model in Los Angeles Children's Center programs. Handouts appropriate for staff development are attached. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Classroom Techniques, Decision Making, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Models, Preschool Education, Problem Solving, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Staff Development, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Guides
Los Angeles Unified School District, Infant Preschool Programs, 936 Yale St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; telephone: 213-229-4713; fax: 213-628-9758.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA.